“I need to pick the fight myself… then, most important of all, I need to run barefoot toward it. But I want to go barefoot because it’s holy ground; I want to be running because time is short and none of us has as much runway as we think we do; and I want it to be a fight because that’s where we can make a difference. That’s what love does.” – Bob Goff (Love Does)
You have to know that there are things worth fighting for and you have to choose to pick the fight.
You have to run like one who wants to win a race because your life is flying by.
You have to know that there are things that are greater than you are… things that are sacred… so you approach the fight in humility.
“I’m going to pick a fight” – William Wallace (Braveheart)
“There’s a song that they sing when they take to the highway
A song that they sing when they take to the sea
A song that they sing of their home in the sky
Maybe you can believe it if it helps you to sleep
But singing works just fine for me”
(James Taylor – Sweet Baby James)
If visions of heaven are just something that helps you to sleep at night, then you haven’t been told about the real thing. It inspires people to live by faith (Hebrews 11). When people see it from a distance they realize the journey they are on, how it has already begun and how it will lead them through great danger… and then they set out. If it doesn’t speak to your deep desires then it isn’t the real thing.
”This field of glory is harvested, and the crop is already appropriated” – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln in his Lyceum address talked about how our government was an “undecided experiment” testing the great proposition, upon which our country was founded, the ability of a people to govern themselves. He talked about how so many had found glory in the success of that experiment and about how, now that it is done, there is no glory left. Clearly, Lincoln was wrong. Later he would be called on to save our union from a fatal fracture. There were still great deeds to be done. He was wrong and every man who has resigned himself to a life of going through the motions is also wrong.